Taylor McNamara looking to visit Irish

Irish Eyes caught up with tight end Taylor McNamara during the seventh inning stretch of a San Diego Padres game. With his team down 8-1 to the Atlanta Braves, McNamara found it a good time to talk about Notre Dame.

An avid baseball fan, tight end prospect Taylor McNamara knows his calling if football. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of San Diego (Calif.) Westview High School also knows Notre Dame is a school doing all the right things during his recruitment.

"Coach Denbrock and I talk on Facebook and I call him every now and then just to talk with him. I know he is coming down one of these weeks. He is a great coach and I feel I am building a great relationship with him so it is all good."

While he's never visited campus, Taylor has heard and read a lot about the Irish program on and off the field.

"I really like Notre Dame and it is a school I am hoping to visit this summer. I am thinking it could be one of my top schools if I really like it because I have heard really great things about it.

"I want to see what Notre Dame is all about. I have heard about the tradition and their tradition with tight ends. Look at Kyle Rudolph this year and Coach Denbrock has sent three tight ends to the NFL. They have had great success there and they have great things going on all the time. They also have great fan support to go with a great overall atmosphere from what I hear."

Like many players from the West Coast, talk of distance from home does not seem to phase the talented tight end.

"I have no problem with being away from home. I have talked with people who say you will feel homesick the first week or so, but then you start to get use to it. So it is not going to be a problem for me because anywhere you go, you are going to be homesick. I just want to go where I can be the best player I can be."

As for when Taylor may look to make his college decision?

"I have the mindset that if I find a school this summer that I really like and it is the place for me, I will get it over before the season so it is not a distraction to my team. If I still do not know, at that point, I will take some official visits to narrow it down and make a decision from there."

While the on field success of the Irish tight ends has impressed Taylor, it is the other things he's only read about that has him intrigued with the Irish.

"I have not visited but I have heard great things and read a lot about it. Coach Denbrock has sent me some great articles about Notre Dame and their tradition. The school's campus itself is cool and has a lot of tradition with things like Touchdown Jesus. I am a Christian and that really appeals to me."

In the end, Taylor has an idea of what it will take to earn his pledge.

"I will look at the success they have had with tight ends and the comfort level I have with the coaches, players, and school. I have heard you know when you are there if you want to go there or not. If you are comfortable and you feel the coaches can get you to the level you want to be at, that is all I am really looking for."

Irish Eyes will continue to follow the path of Taylor McNamara in the coming weeks and months as he looks to make a visit to campus and make his college decision known.

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